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1. Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys
Garrett is entering his third season as Dallas’ head coach. In 2011 he led the Cowboys to an 8-8 record as the team missed out on a playoff berth after losing to the New York Giants – the eventual Super Bowl winners – in the final game of the regular season. Garrett’s Cowboys went 8-8 once again in 2012 as Dallas missed out on the NFL playoffs for a third consecutive season.
As a head coach, Garrett is under particular scrutiny because of the high expectations of the Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones.
Jones recently said the atmosphere at Cowboys’ training camp was “conducive to putting a [successful] team together”, and suggested that he expected the play of his offense to improve due to the increased incentive for Tony Romo to play well – Romo has 119.5 million reasons to do so – and the balance he expects to achieve from hiring Bill Callahan as offensive coordinator.
Quite simply, if the Cowboys don’t reach the playoffs this season, I believe Garrett will be fired. Jones is impatient and feels his team is primed and ready to win; I would argue otherwise. Their secondary play is poor, as is that of their offensive line and their running game. Dallas has problems and Garrett is being scrutinized as a result.
2. Rex Ryan, New York Jets
After a promising start in New York in which Ryan led the Jets to the AFC Championship game in both the 2009 and 2010 seasons, the team has faltered in recent years. In 2012 the Jets finished third in the AFC East with a 6-10 record. Much of the poor play of the Jets in recent years can be attributed to Mark Sanchez’s ineptitude as an NFL quarterback. Indeed, it could be argued that Ryan was unfortunate to be given a poor quarterback situation by former general manager Mark Tannenbaum. Regardless, Ryan’s Jets must improve this season otherwise he is likely to lose his job.
Can you believe that the NFL season is already half over? (Or half started for you optimists out there). No matter how you look at it, the NFL has been as exciting as ever this season. In fact there’s been so many close games and exciting moments that many of us have forgotten the words “replacement refs”. It’s almost like it never happened, unless you’re the Green Bay Packers. As the season reaches its midway point, let’s look back on some key moments and look forward to the home stretch of another incredible season of professional football.
Everyone’s still in it:
Kansas City Chiefs (1-6), Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6), Carolina Panthers (1-6), Cleveland Browns (2-6).
Now that we are approximately at the midway point in the 2012 NFL season and well on our way to this year’s Super Bowl, there are several head coaches that are on the hot seat with his team’s respective management and owners. Some coaches have hotter seats than others. Listed below are some of the coaches that are in deep water up to this point in the season.
Turner may have already lost his job at this point in the season but the Chargers play in a fairly weak division and may still have a shot at the playoffs. Turner and his quarterback in Philip Rivers (who pleaded to keep Turner in San Diego) have had mediocre, sub-par, non-playoff outings the last two seasons, one of which was to the Tim Tebow led Denver Broncos. The Chargers started the season out hot with a 3-1 record but have lost three games in a row.
If the Chargers are unable to turn things around and make a deep run into the playoffs, you have to believe that the San Diego management is all but done with Turner and will need to probably think about overhauling the team and begin the rebuilding process.
After signing on to become the head coach of the New York Jets in 2009, Rex Ryan’s team immediately went to two consecutive AFC Championship Games. Those 2009 and 2010 squads had tough defensive units and were propelled by an offense that was anchored by a developing Mark Sanchez. Jets fans everywhere believed that they had a team that was on the brink of competing in Super Bowls.
Because of this, 2011 served as a splash of cold water in the faces of those fans, as well as the Jets players themselves. The team went 8-8 and failed to even secure a Wild Card berth. With the NFL regular season right around the corner, now is as good of a time as any to evaluate how the new season will play out for the Jets.
What will be the most interesting story in the Jets camp as the 2012 season kicks off and progresses is the development of quarterback Mark Sanchez. Sanchez was drafted fifth overall in 2009, and his progress up to this point has been adequate: He’s improved his passer rating each year, and last year saw him throw for career highs in yardage and touchdowns. Still, adequate isn’t good enough in the Big Apple, especially for a player drafted as high as Sanchez.
Rob Gronkowski was asked would who he would mary, f**k and kill out of the following: Rex Ryan, Betty Whie or Tim Tebow, His response was classic.
Here's what nobody realizes. Rex knew about it two days before. I told Rex about it. We all knew about it -- we just didn't think Wes actually had the (guts) to do it. I thought he'd be too scared.
So Rex Ryan knew Wes Welker was going to take some jabs at Rex about the whole foot fetish thing before he actually did it. Respect to Welker for actually going through with it.
“He wouldn’t have made it to the practice squad,” indicating a team would’ve claimed Cruz. “I mean, was it a matter of him maybe playing in a Jet uniform?”
So pretty much the New York Giants didn’t cut Victor Cruz because they thought the New York Jets would sign him. I wonder why they would think that?
Channing Crowder, who was released by the Miami Dolphins just days ago, decided to retire at the age of 27 after just six seasons in the NFL.
“I woke up, saw my pregnant wife, and all the teams talking to me are way up North, and I said, ‘I don’t want to do it,’ ” Crowder said on the Sid Rosenberg Show. “I looked at my wife and said, ‘Nah, I’m going to be a family man now.’
Crowder said Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he still had a spot in the league, but he called the free agency process “emotionally draining.”
“I’ve got plenty of money saved,” he said. “It’s just not worth it.”
Another classic quote from a guy who was never short on words. The NFL will miss Crowder and his quirkiness. To honor Crowder, here are the 5 best quotes from his all too short career.
5. “They’re undefeated, they’re probably smelling themselves, rubbing each other’s balls.”
– On the undefeated New Orleans Saints in 2009.
4. “If they’re going to keep making us go more and more and more like a feminine sport, we’re going to wear pink every game, not just on the breast cancer months. If I get a chance to knock somebody out, I’m going to knock them out and take what they give me. They give me a helmet, I’m going to use it.”
– On the NFL crackdown on helmet-to-helmet hits
3. “Oh, Lord have mercy. What’s wrong with him? Now he’s talking about preparation? We play them twice this year. If he wants to be prepared, shouldn’t he know the starting middle linebackers of his division rival?
“He says he’d take care of me if he was younger? I’d have beat the hell out of that big old joker. Or if he really wants to get retro, my daddy or my uncle could have handled him.
“Let’s see if he can top this one. I’ve walked over tougher guys going to a fight. He can send himself and his father after me.”
– Part of a back-and-forth with New York Jets coach Rex Ryan.
2. “Le’Ron McClain spit in my face. That’s some real ho’ s—, so if you talk to him tell him he’s a ho’. If he ever comes to Miami, he’s got to see me.”
“They (the officials) said they didn’t see it. Then they said something about they let Karlos Dansby get away with a facemask before. Who the f— cares? I just got spit in my face. I don’t give a damn about Karlos pulling somebody’s facemask.”
“Like they didn’t see Chad Henne get hit twice when he slid. No, no, they say, “Aaah.” Stevie Wonder and Anne Frank. Who’s the blind girl? Helen Keller, then. I don’t know who Anne Frank is. I’m mad right now. I’m not as swift as I usually am.”
– Venting after a loss to the Baltimore Ravens in 2010
1. “I couldn’t find London on a map if they didn’t have the names of the countries. I swear to God. I don’t know what nothing is. I know Italy looks like a boot. I learned that. I know London Fletcher. We did a football camp together. So I know him. That’s the closest thing I know to London. He’s black, so I’m sure he’s not from London. I’m sure that’s a coincidental name.”
– On the NFL hosting a game in London in 2007.
We’ll miss you Channing.